There are just those books that gets you right at the first page, and this is what this book made me feel –
I would rate this book 4.5 over 5 stars
“April 23, 1994. The date is set. Colin MacLann is getting married. Growing up in the suburbs of New York City at a time when kids could still be kids and sometimes were for too long, Colin looked like he had it all: he was smart, athletic, had a voice for rock ‘n’ roll, and lots of luck. There were girlfriends too, five of them: Cindy, Haley, Cara, Monique and Tessa. Each of them burst into his life at different times to inspire him in their own unique way, and more often than not, broke his heart too. Still, fate has chosen one of them to be his soul mate. Will Colin grow up in time to earn a place at the altar beside her? Or must destiny deliver someone else? In To Have and To Hold, Trae Stratton takes the reader on a rare journey. By writing almost exclusively from the point of view of the groom and his family, a simple love story turns into an endearing family saga anchored to Colin’s relationships. Through the deft use of flashbacks, the reader grows up with Colin just before the digital age in a time and place when your neighborhood could still be your whole world. As the hour of his wedding draws near, the witty dialogue keeps the plot moving at a crisp pace, while slyly preserving the identity of the bride until the final chapter. Whether you enjoy mysteries, happy endings or both, the MacLann family will work their way into your heart for a long time to come.”
I have no words on how robust this book is. The book is a story in the point of view of the second son Colin, as he comes and reflects on his past before his marriage. Memories start wheeling through his head, laughs, smiles, and even the idea of falling in love emerges. That love that made him the Colin Mclann he is that very day.
I guess what made this a great read is the witty way the story was told, emotions get to you each page and you just stop and smile on how amazing this book is. You see, Colin has 5 girlfriends and what made this more astounding was how he marries one of them. Each chapter gives up a clue, and you find out who the bride is at the end of the book. It was hard to bring myself into a halt, and because of my longing to find who the lucky one is, I read the book in a day and a half with short breaks. It has such a captivating plot that gave me a rush of emotions.
A wonderful tale of friendship, true loves, and family. Truly a great read. What are you waiting for? Are you ready to journey with the McLanns? Grab your copy now!
I would like to thank Trae Stratton for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review. Your trust means alot to me and I’m looking forward to more amazing reads from you!